Employment, Life Skills & Training

Employment, Life Skills & Training (ELST)

The Employment, Life Skills & Training (ELST) initiative is part of the BCAAFC’s strategy to increase employment and training among Indigenous people.
Building on the previous success of the Northern Corridor Initiative, ELST is expanding into 14 Friendship Centres which have the resources and training to help clients find meaningful employment.

ELST services include:

  • Pre-employment assistance
  • Life skills programs
  • Wrap-around programs and in-house referrals
  • Resume and cover letter building
  • Education and training certificates
  • Career planning through self-assessments
  • Interview skills
  • Computer access
  • Job boards, fairs and employer networking

ELST Centres – contact your local centre

Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre, Smithers
Employment Coordinator Nika Palmer
employment.office@dzelkant.com
250-847-5211 ext. 204
Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society
Job Placement Coordinator Lovey Behn
jpc.fnafs@northwestel.net
250-774-2993 ext. 1007
Fort St. John Friendship Centre
Job Placement/Training Coordinator Jennifer Smith
Jennifer@fsjfs.ca
250-785-8566
Friendship House Association of Prince Rupert
Job Placement Coordinator William Gye
ep-coordinator@friendshiphouse.ca
250- 627-1717 ext. 29
Hiiye’yu Lelum Friendship Centre, Duncan
Employment Coordinator Lorna Cookson
Lcookson@hofduncan.org
250-748-2242
Kermode Friendship Centre, Terrace
Employment Coordinator Holly Harris
hharris@kermodefriendship.ca
250-635-4906 ext. 1006
Mission Friendship Centre Society
Employment Cooridnator Kristine Mason
elst@mifcsbcca.onmicrosoft.com
604-826-1281
Nawican Friendship Centre, Dawson Creek
Employment Coordinator Dena Batt
nfcnorth@nawican.ca
Ooknakane Friendship Centre, Penticton
Employment Coordinator Tanya Wilson
working@friendshipcentre.ca
Prince George Native Friendship Centre
Employment and Training Team Lead Sheryl Elgie
selgie@pgnfc.com
250-564-3568 ext. 230
Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre, Port Hardy
Employment Coordinator Chelsea Walkus
elstswfc@telus.net
250-902-0552
Tansi Friendship Centre, Chetwynd
Employment Coordinator Debbie Rose
employment@tansifcs.com
250-788-2996
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre
Employment Coordinator Chantel Michell
employment@vafcs.org
Victoria Native Friendship Centre
Career Transition Guide Herman Henry
herman.h@vnfc.ca
250-384-3211 ext 2242

The Aboriginal Non-Profit Strategy (anpBC)

The anpBC strategy supports employment within BC’s Aboriginal Non-Profit (ANP) sector to sustain and uplift the important work of each organization.
BC’s ANP sector is comprised of hundreds of organizations across the province who provide services to improve the lives of Indigenous people.
Services cover a wide variety of topics, all integral to healthy individuals and communities: housing, employment, substance abuse treatment, health and wellness, sports and recreation, arts and culture, and child and family services.